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  • When I was in high school, everyone was popping their collar. But once you get to university,

  • everyone's popping PILLS! Kids these days, can you believe it?

  • Hey everyone, Laci Green here for DNews. True facts: it wasn't until AFTER I graduated college

  • that I realized like 90% of my friends had been using study drugs on the DL while we

  • were in school. Okay, maybe 90% is an exaggeration, but it was a lot of people! People I trusted!

  • People I studied with! I felt...so naive....

  • Researchers put the actual number of students who use study drugs nationwide at about 30%,

  • around 1 in 3. By study drugs I mean Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse -- all stimulants that are

  • approved medically to treat ADHD. Adderall is by far the most abused. Scientists actually

  • tracked "adderall" mentions on Twitter last year -- and there were over 200,000 tweets

  • which peaked during exam periods. Unsurprisingly, many of them referenced studying.

  • 'Cuz I meannn...people don't take adderall to party on the weekends. They're dubbed "study

  • drugs" because people take them to do better in school. Students in fiercely competitive

  • environments feel like they need a cutting edge to help them make it to the top. It's

  • no shocker that the highest concentration of tweets about Adderall overlapped with regions

  • that host some of the nation's toughest schools. The drugs improve memory and concentration

  • -- so well that some people can easily study 10 hours straight while they're on it. It

  • can also cause a euphoric feeling of confidence, thanks to the flood of dopamine. Adderall

  • is classified as an amphetamine, Schedule II in the US. Like all drugs that stimulate

  • the brain's reward centers, Adderall is HIGHLY addictive.

  • This is where it takes a dark turn, I think. Students take it, looking for a little boost,

  • and then they take it again, and again, and it's a little too easy to get to that place

  • where you rely on it to do well. Using it a lot skews perspective -- it makes it feel

  • like you can never be as productive without it, and quitting abruptly can cause depression.

  • A number of the tweets tracked in the twitter study mentioned disturbed sleep, nervousness,

  • appetite changes, and irritability. Still, a study in 2008 at the University of Kentucky

  • found that 81% of college students believe that taking study drugs without a prescription

  • "isn't dangerous at all".

  • Aside from these risks, I have another point of contention: taking study drugs is cheating.

  • When 1 in 3 students are on drugs that give them superhuman study powers, it puts good

  • students (who AREN'T on performance enhancers) lower on the curve than they would be otherwise.

  • It's like competing against athletes on steroids, except there's very little chance of those

  • students getting caught, and nobody's testing for it. Soooo....that's cool.

  • I do have another video with scientifically backed tips to help you ace your finals this

  • season--check it out if you're interested. And I'd like to know: what do YOU think should

  • be done, if anything, about widespread Adderall abuse in schools? Let me know down below and

  • I'll catch you next time with more DNews!

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    陳叔華 posted on 2016/06/13
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